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Poster: He Live's Date: Jul 29, 2008 8:38am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: SHAKEDOWN STREET -- when it crackled like a thunder cloud...

shakedown street

played 163 times. debuted, 8/31/78 Red Rocks -- just a quick run-through it was, an album quality version. the tempo was faster than it would ultimately settle into. JERRY was such a master of the tempo -- at times it seems he err's on the side of being TOO SLOW -- but that is how he put so much depth in each song. pick it up in Egypt September 16, 1978, and the tempo is cut way down -- much slower, and this version would stretch right out to it's near maximum length (15 minutes or so) on the second performance: still, it is only the second version, and as often seems the problem to me, the song PLODS a bit, and jerry starts to noodle, not playing with a clear intention. at about 9 minutes, jerry seems to give up on the tune, and goes into...... well i am going to read EGYPT into it -- a bit of a NUBIAN mode is employed at about 10:06 and he plays along in pleasingly delicate fashion, carefully..... and off topic -- he really plays some great stuff in the last 5 minutes, and the rest of the band pounds on in shakedown mode, but jer is off, lost in a revery of sand dunes and pyramids.......

THROUGHOUT 1978, Shakedown would be subservient to the calling of Egypt, as the tune would often appear around Drums, and with Ollin Arageed -- check out the splendid jam out of Ollin into shakedown on 11/23/78, Capital Centre, Landover MD:


egypt sound

Jerry plucks along in a wild mix of the Nubian Mode and his Shakey intentions -- this leads into a driving Uptempo version -- Jerry shows some flashes of brilliance on the solo between the verses, but there is no vocal jam at the end, they close it down and change modes and moods abruptly at 6:40.... again on 12/13 at the Curtis Hixon Hall in Tampa, we get some nice Tar from MIckey coming out of drums and Jer comes out to jam -- he plays in his Super Fast strumming style here, running all over the fretboard, playing Extremely Fast! Ready to Go! Jer leads the band confidently into Shakedown -- again the Tempo is More Up than would be typical.... verses despensed with, jer plays more on the shake theme than he has been up to this point, and for the first time, after a long ending jam, they sound poised to come back for a chorus.... but they don't.... on December 17 at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, they start to take out the VOCAL JAM on the last chorus and this leads into a TRUE SHAKEDOWN JAM... Listen closely at the crucial 6 MINUTE MARK as they enter the finale. everyone is very copasetic and willing to follow the HAIRY ONE....Jerry rides out the final jam in Real Shake Mode -- a turn away from the Egypt sound now.... he is carving the space for this song that would provide the foundation for the next 15 years......

pick it up at the Golden Hall in San Diego, 12/28/78. it appears as a Set Opener for the first time.... i dig the banter as they count it off, you can't tell what they are saying, but it sounds like Jerry and the drummers wisecracking a bit -- just some dudes at work egging each other on.... this is a real winner....ONE OF THE BEST KEITH VERSIONS!!! HE JAMS! -- and sounds just FAB on this recording! JERRY is now firmly in command of the song and can sustain the Shakedown theme through a long ending jam..... two nights later at Pauley Pavilion, UCLA for the "new year's warm up gig" the Shakedown comes out of Playin.... no big jam tonight, but they stretch out the last chorus, a la Dancin and He's Gone.... they descend quickly into drums and come out on the other side with Ollin Arageed... unable to shake the tie to Egypt. (stick it out, the Treat this night would be the brief return of SAINT STEPHEN....of course, this would be blown away by the historic show played the next night.....)

IN 1979, Shakedown was played A LOT, the most of any year -- 25 times out of 76 shows just a decimal place less than every 3 nights!.... it appeared for the Dead's first ever Madison Square Garden appearance on 1/7, but being an islander, i am partial to the version played at Nassau, a couple nights later January 10, 1979. (of course this set also contains Keith's last Dark Star.) the vocal jam at the end continued to take shape, stretching out a bit more here, Jerry is in good voice, and the rhythm section is ABSOLUTELY BOUNCING!

On January 17 in Hartford CT, BOBBY asks the crowd to "welcome Jerry Garcia back from the jaws of death" (apparently referring to some cancelled shows, from 78?, that this was a make-up date for). JERRY responds in kind, and gives us the FIRST SHAKEDOWN OPENER . "......Tell me this town aint got no heart..." AND BOY! he sounds like he wants to RIP and just SMOKES the interverse solo..... Keith is high in the mix and sounds great! the show in Kansas City on February 9, is notable for three reasons: 1) 2nd set opens with NFA, 2) "comes a time" was played 3) the FIRST SHAKEDOWN ENCORE!...... not a crazy raging version, but i love how they DO IT SO FINE! (a fun, sleeper show if ever!)

the version from Oakland on February 17 is unique in that it is the LAST VERSION of the "Godchaux Era." it is not especially good, they start off too slow, and up the tempo during the intro and after the last chorus they quickly abandon any light, bubbly vibes they had going and head straight for noodle space.... BUT STILL, it does mark the end of an era. especially for shakedown -- BRENT MYDLAND would bring a new sound and vibe....


AND SO, they ushered in the Brent Mydland era on April 22, 1979....Spartan Stadium, San Jose State, and closed the show with the second ever SHAKEDOWN ENCORE, a spot it would hold frequently in the coming year. Brent filled two roles, keyboard chair and back up vocalist -- shakedown benefitted from both. this UNIQUE AUDIENCE recording captures an Overwhelming amount of Mr.s Lesh and Mydland -- which for shakedown, is not a bad thing. REALLY! this is a wild recording, and sounds better than a good many SBDs. and man, Brent's harmonies are RIGHT ON POINT! the structure of the tune didn't change so much with brent in the band -- overtime however, his vocal contribution would be greater and greater.... for better or worse, the tune seemed to fit him, and this incarnation of The Grateful Dead, better than it did Keith. while Keith could play, in my opinion, a MEAN ELECTRIC keyboard, funky and jazzy as hell, there was something about brent -- like he was a character in this song.... IT fit him like a glove.


"You think you've seen this town clear through
Well, well, well, you can never tell
Nothin' here that could interest you
Well, well, well, you can never tell
It's not because you missed out
On the thing that we had, to start"

on the one hand it might seem that jerry is sort of singing the song to himself. i mean, who is the "you" right? well, the "you" could be anyone i suppose that wants to put themselves into the song -- but it seems as though the song addresses a Before & After scenario -- whoever the You IS they have undergone a transformation, and are now in the grip of the darkness, without the benefit of the light. this character is.... out of balance, out of place and searching -- only the omniscient narrator remembers ".... your darkness, when it crackled like a thundercloud...." it is open to interpretation in a myriad of ways to be certain. but those lines, "maybe you had too much too fast.....it's not because you missed out, on the thing that we had to start...." always struck me as directed at the keyboard player..... whoever he might be....

if anything, the vocal jam really started to develop with brent on board, starting to grow wings as soon as the show at Glenns Falls on August 31, 1979. the tune, full of jamming possibilities was relegated mostly to opening slots however, and served as a fine encore more than a few times, as stated. and really, it was A GREAT SECOND SET OPENER -- what better way to announce, now we're gonna have some fun.... how bout a trip back to the Pauley Pavilion, November 25, '79 in sunny southern california for this raging version.......? no vocal jam this night, jerry just wanted to rip, oh wait, so did brent, phil and bobby! HOT STUFF! brent especially, helps drive this jam along splenidly!

shake down 42nd

on december 26, 1979 in the run up to new year's they played a STERLING rendition for an encore (along with an Uncle John's reprise book-ended from earlier in the set). they start to seriously explore the last chorus here too, jerry instigating, not playing guitar at all, just riffing the final chorus in a hush -- brent, slowly growing in confidence adds to the mix.... it is REALLY GREAT! the band drops down to nothing at 9:00, just the crowd clapping along and then Brent coming in on squishy keys -- a A VERY FINE ORGANIC VERSION, my first favorite of the BRENT ERA.....

IN 1980, the tune fell ever so slightly out of favor, appearing only twice in the spring. for the first time in awhile it appeared "within" a set, as the penultimate number in the first set on August 21, 1980. AND as far as i can tell, this is the first night they came back for a chorus after the last solo.... a development in the structure of the song that cannot lift this lackluster version, but one which WOULD bear fruit. a more uptempo, dance friendly version is offered a few days later, Sep. 6, 1980, Lewiston Maine . but here we find Jer pushing the tempo in the other direction -- UP, UP, UP -- a development unique to 1980, as the song would occasionally be taken at a relatively break neck tempo -- not something that benefitted the song much, but not a BUZZKILL either. contrast that version with this one from october 7! (BTW, another nice vocal jam, this night at the Warfield.)


SHAKEDOWN would come back some in 1981, but never be played as much as in '79 again. a rare midsetter was performed March 28, 1981.... on May 12, back in New Haven CT, they let rip a nice vocal jam on the last chorus.... very sweet! and they keep the streak alive with the next performance....


jerryjerry


....back at Cornell University, on May 16, 1981. a nice vocal jam, and a smoldering solo from Garcia that hits some very CLEVER TERRITORY at 11:45, i love the little Hiccup Riff jerry hits there.... Bobby finally finds a counter at 12:20 and sends the jam into a spin.... they flash and fade, almost fall into Stranger, and then the beautiful bow on the perfectly stretched out versions like this, after Jer manages a nice peak at 14:50, he starts the chorus up again! i just love it!!! it is like, after 3 and half years they finally just PLAYED IT ABSOLUTELY PERFECT from beginning right through to the very satisfying conclusion!

only at Cornell!


there are many more great versions out there.... but my files drop off significantly after '81. HOWEVER, DO NOT MISS! the righteous version played at the HIGHLY UNDER-RATED Rainbow Run of October 1981 -- the version from 10/6 is a tad cleaner, but i will take the 10/2 version for BRENT's contribution, he sounds just perfect.... the gruff shakey loner, instructing us to try a little harder, just poke around a bit more, just gotta poke around..... and you WILL find it....

AND FINALLY, jumping ahead almost a year to August 3, 1982, Starlight Theatre, Kansas City MO for a just AMAZING.... MUST HEAR.... Killer version -- all the pieces are in places -- a nice vocal jam on the last chorus, great interplay between Brent and Jerry, hot leads from jer and a SWEET return to the chorus on the outro.... a version i CANNOT TOP.........



so...... i am gonna leave it happy.......










This post was modified by He Live's on 2008-07-28 05:48:46

SORRY FOR THE BUMP GANG.... but amos pointed out i linked the wrong Egypt show and seeing as this is the focus of the first part of the post AND it is an obvious gaff right in the first paragraph, i fixed it....



This post was modified by He Live's on 2008-07-29 15:38:17

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Poster: K-Wave Date: Jul 28, 2008 12:09pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: SHAKEDOWN STREET -- and West LA?

Thanks for the lineage.

Another question for the ecnycopedists here: I've always kinda thought that WestLA was born of a Shakedown jam, i.e. not in the moment at a show, but an evolving touchstone riff Jerry would use from time to time in early 80s that he decided to turn into principle riff for WLA.

Crackpot? Confirmed by interviews? Conventional wisdom?


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Poster: Purple Gel Date: Jul 29, 2008 11:05am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: SHAKEDOWN STREET -- when it crackled like a thunder cloud...

A couple of favorutes from '81

7-14-81: A real nice slow funky version
http://www.archive.org/details/gd81-07-14.aud.munder.9794.sbeok.shnf

9/12/81: just a superb version
http://www.archive.org/details/gd81-09-12.aud.wise.25317.shnf

12/31/81: for me one of the all time greats.
http://www.archive.org/details/gd81-12-31.acoustic.warren.14040.sbefail.shnf

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Poster: jglynn1.2 Date: Jul 29, 2008 12:37pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: SHAKEDOWN STREET -- when it crackled like a thunder cloud...

Hey HeLives, nice write-up. I listened to 10/25/79 this AM and am now listening to 1/10/79, it is taking a while 'cause I'm listening to whole shows. It also took me a while to get through the whole write-up - looking forward to listening to your examples in the correct order.

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Poster: WHARFRAT Date: Jul 29, 2008 1:55pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: SHAKEDOWN STREET -- when it crackled like a thunder cloud...

Hey jgl. save some time for 10-31-79 shakedown.
It is def. my fav.

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Poster: jglynn1.2 Date: Jul 29, 2008 2:01pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: SHAKEDOWN STREET -- when it crackled like a thunder cloud...

Will do, I must say the 1/10 & 10/25 are real Fun!!! I'll cue up 10/31 next. P.S. I remember Me and my highschool buddies tried to get tix for the Holloween show but all we could get were 11/2. Damn high school was fun!!!

This post was modified by jglynn1.2 on 2008-07-29 21:01:40

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Poster: WHARFRAT Date: Jul 29, 2008 2:03pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: SHAKEDOWN STREET -- when it crackled like a thunder cloud...

It is SUPERFUNKALICIOUS!!!!
ENJOY MAN :)

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Poster: Donnie L. Date: Jul 27, 2008 11:57pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: SHAKEDOWN STREET -- when it crackled like a thunder cloud...

what a nice post...grate! work...

one thing I'd like to add about the development of shakedown st. live is lesh's bass line....for many years lesh played the bass line during song part, as opposed to the solo section, the same as the recorded version. I mean this went on for years, I don't think he deviated from this until almost late 84 or so....well, maybe 83 actually...I think in 83 he switched to the 5 or 6 string bass...I'm pretty sure in 83 berkeley there are pics of him using a music man sting ray bass with active electronics...although lesh had been using active electronics I believe all the way in 74 with the alembic set up....

alot of what goes on with alot of the improvisation is with the bass lines...and lesh certainly had a control on that , perhaps the best at creating "inversions" like from Bach...

some of my favorite shakedowns are:

12-28-82
10-15-94 ,
(you'll hear vince quote some james brown licks, "give it up or turn it loose")
12-31-81
04-03-90
foxboro 90 is really good, many phil bombs

also, I heard that "shakedown st." was about Philadlephia, Pa. but I don't know that for sure, just something that was said amoung deadheads...

"tell me town ain't got no heart"

and

"you just gotta poke around"

see ya,

Donnie L.

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Poster: cush212 Date: Jul 27, 2008 11:27pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: SHAKEDOWN STREET -- when it crackled like a thunder cloud...

Kudos to another very well researched (or remembered?)song history...

Can't really vouch for the quality of the version, have not heard it in ages, but a memorable Shakedown for me was... Irvine Meadows, 3/27/83, my old stompin' grounds, opens the show with a full moon rising over Santiago Peak (Saddleback) in the background! A fine way to start spring break after a long winter in the Wasatch...

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Poster: He Live's Date: Jul 27, 2008 11:39pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: SHAKEDOWN STREET -- when it crackled like a thunder cloud...

hey cush!

i get the idea you are known amongst THE OTHERS here, from back some time, so i have noticed you around recently. welcome back (?)

and here;s your show irvine '83....

but like i said... i am just about to see the wizard! (i'll check it tomorrow...)

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Poster: light into ashes Date: Jul 28, 2008 1:26am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: SHAKEDOWN STREET

Good post -
Perhaps a little more mention should be made of the Shakedowns from late '79? It was a time of stretching-out for the band, as they did a lot of jamming with Brent in these shows. (Sometimes they go on and on and on, like in the 11/1 Scarlet>Fire, the 11/5 Eyes>Estimated>Franklin, or the 11/6 Playing, etc.)

This Shakedown for instance is a favorite of many, from a much-recommended show:
http://www.archive.org/details/gd79-10-25.sbd.set2.fishman.21271.sbefail.shnf

This is I think the longest Shakedown of the year, over 17 minutes:
http://www.archive.org/details/gd79-10-31.sbd.miller.29410.sbeok.flacf

A soundboard link for this one:
http://www.archive.org/details/gd79-11-25.sbd.miller.25609.sbeok.shnf

And this is another of the long Shakedowns, from one of the famed Uptown shows (this show also has an extended He's Gone>Other One and a notable Black Peter):
http://www.archive.org/details/gd79-12-05.sbd.pset2.ladner.9359.sbeok.shnf

This Shakedown is also popular:
http://www.archive.org/details/gd79-12-09.sbd.miller.27751.sbeok.flacf

This post was modified by light into ashes on 2008-07-28 08:26:38

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Jul 28, 2008 7:20am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: SHAKEDOWN STREET

Let's not forget the early part of '79 for outstanding Shakedowns as well.

This is in fact my favorite SHAKEDOWN of all time:

http://www.archive.org/details/gd79-01-10.gatto.kempka.307.sbeok.shnf

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Poster: He Live's Date: Jul 28, 2008 8:29am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: SHAKEDOWN STREET -- SDG v. OAK

thanks for adding those... funny, that version from the 25th contains some audible on stage banter before the song starts -- it sounds like Bobby filing in Billy on the progress of a football game.... (?)....

AND IT's TRUE! it was a Thursday - October 25, 1979 -- and the Oakland Raiders were hosting the San Diego Chargers for some reason! and they WON! 45-22.... i know Bob was/is a big 49ers fan, but i guess this constituted some hometown interest for the boys.... well, i am guessing Jerry wasn't too interested....


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Poster: K-Wave Date: Jul 28, 2008 12:09pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: SHAKEDOWN STREET -- when it crackled like a thunder cloud...

Thanks for the lineage.

Another question for the ecnycopedists here: I've always jinda thought that WestLA was born of a Shakedown jam, i.e. not in the moment at a show, but an evolving touchstone riff Jerry would use from time to time in early 80s that he decided to turn into principle riff for WLA.

Crackpot? Confirmed by interviews? Conventional wisdom?


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Poster: He Live's Date: Jul 28, 2008 7:21pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: SHAKEDOWN STREET -- when it crackled like a thunder cloud...

i have never noticed that before..... but FEEL LIKE A STRANGER definitely evolved out of Shakedown... i hear Bob WEIRD playing the same riff at different points in the jam that he played in Stranger -- not the main par, but the same rhythm comps he did on the jam in that tune as well... i think one example above i mentioned that it sounds like they almost went into FLaS,,,,

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Poster: amosearle Date: Jul 28, 2008 5:52pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Uh Huh Huh...I'm all Shook Up!

Thanks for the education! I'll wear the Shakedown Skeleton on the passenger side window of my vehicle with more authority now that I've had a chance to listen with some depth. This post will keep me busy for a while....nice work.

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Poster: He Live's Date: Jul 28, 2008 7:27pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Uh Huh Huh...I'm all Shook Up!

thanks to all you kind readers -- just having fun with the dead!

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Poster: amosearle Date: Jul 29, 2008 6:08am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Shakedown

I did not see a Shakedown for 9/15/78 in Egypt. Is there another date for a SHakedown in Egypt? The ollin arageed for that date is quite fun,though.

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Poster: He Live's Date: Jul 29, 2008 8:41am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Shakedown

oops, that is supposed to be the next night. thanks amos, i put in the right link.

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Poster: Capt. Cook Date: Jul 29, 2008 8:29pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: SHAKEDOWN STREET -- when it crackled like a thunder cloud...

What a post! You should get a top 10 award for this work, reallly a great insight into one of my favorite tunes. You could often tell a show, or a run of shows, by the Shakedown opener. One of the best shows i ever saw, Buffalo 1981, had a great Shakedown opener. Also, check out this Spectrum, 1982, second set opener. Great work!

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1981-09-26.mtx.chappel.sb10.30117.sbeok.flac16

http://www.archive.org/details/gd82-04-06.sbd-patched.wiley.16785.sbeok.shnf

Peace

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Poster: He Live's Date: Jul 29, 2008 9:41pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: IS THAT THE BUS? Why Yes IT IS! -- get on.... we gone!

this buffalo shake has started off VERY WELL, My OH My!..... oh man, i am lost, she is mad at me -- "How? can you be CAPTIVATED by THE SAME SONG ..... A-gain? LORD......." and what is it with this second set?

this looks like a WAVE OF INSPIRATION!


HEY! thanks for bringing up this HOT ONE -- SEPTEMBER 26, 1981, Buffalo NY -- Buffalo Auditorium.










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Poster: William Tell Date: Jul 29, 2008 10:03pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: IS THAT THE BUS? Why Yes IT IS! -- get on.... we gone!

Though it pains a Prime Minister greatly ("Never! Never surrender!"), I must proclaim the second Order of the Credenza for this outstanding write up (ie, for post 71 material). Makes me want to break out of my obsession...especially as I heard quite a few in 79 myself that you note above.

Do another early tune equal justice and you might just get some Chifarobe Clusters on that Credenza...

Seriously, great work. Nice pics.

And yep, Cush is one of the old originals, even credited with playing the primary role in the original GROK efforts.

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Poster: He Live's Date: Jul 29, 2008 10:56pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: IS THAT THE BUS? Why Yes IT IS! -- just get on

it's like we came over to the NEW WORLD and you arrived for a visit but never ventured ashore.... you are floating on the horizon in a car ferry with a flashlight....

don't be afraid! get off at the next stop and use your Hippie Poncho for a territory blanket on the back lawn..... it's not like you can't ever listen to THE ELEVEN again.......

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Poster: veblen Date: Jul 30, 2008 12:08am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: IS THAT THE BUS? Why Yes IT IS! -- get on.... we gone!

beware of where you tread!!! once the door is opened you don't know where it will lead.

please just sit back and listen to one or both of these from my current play-list and all will be fine:

Labor Temple on 1969-02-02:
http://www.archive.org/details/gd69-02-02.sbd.cotsman.9758.sbeok.shnf

Kiel Auditorium on 1969-02-06:
http://www.archive.org/details/gd69-02-06.sbd.cotsman.6284.sbeok.shnf

(what a week!!!)

and if you waiver, just ask yourself this question: is this a real poncho or a sears poncho that I wear?

he live's: nice post, maybe someday my ears will graduate to a level where I can appreciate the tune and info but until then I have definitely passed it on to those that can.



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Poster: Rings&Bells Date: Jul 29, 2008 6:50pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: SHAKEDOWN STREET -- when it crackled like a thunder cloud...

Thanks! I have always loved Shakedown and, now that you have helped to show me some killer renditions, I think I may love it even more!

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Poster: Arbuthnot Date: Jul 28, 2008 3:12pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: SHAKEDOWN STREET -- when it crackled like a thunder cloud...

hey man, you've outdone even yourself with your Shakedown stimulus package; i'm so bad with dates and keeping notes and such, but i do recall that 10/31/79 is probably my favourite Shakedown, and of course the 25th ain't too shabby either, but you noted that one; will check out some of the others you so kindly high-lighted for we dummies; snipped & saved

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Poster: Speaking in Swords Date: Jul 28, 2008 12:11am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: SHAKEDOWN STREET -- when it crackled like a thunder cloud...

Wow, I haven't heard most of these. I'll be keeping busy tomorrow! Er, today rather, but after I've had some sleep.

Excellent post+selection as usual, Mr. Live's.

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Poster: unclejaysjazz Date: Jul 28, 2008 8:55am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: SHAKEDOWN STREET -- when it crackled like a thunder cloud...

thanks for that review. super.

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Poster: Styrofoam Cueball Date: Jul 27, 2008 10:44pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: SHAKEDOWN STREET -- when it crackled like a thunder cloud...

Amazing breakdown on Shakedown...one of my favorite 'later era' tunes...thank you for this wonderful and detailed post! :)

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Poster: He Live's Date: Jul 27, 2008 11:36pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: SHAKEDOWN STREET -- when it crackled like a thunder cloud...

word brother, it was a long afternoon of SHAKEDOWN!.... but quiet now! i am just about to be granted a visit with the WIZARD!